Gustavo Vargas


Currently a Teaching Fellow and Graduate Student Representative at the Department of Hispanic Languages and Cultures, Gustavo was also an Arts and Science Fellow during the 2013-2014 academic year. Originally an English major, he has studied in Costa Rica, Colorado and Washington. In 2013, he was the Outstanding Graduate Student at the Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures at Washington State University. This summer, he will be the Resident Advisor for the Pitt Costa Rica Program. 


  • MA, Latin American Literature, University of Pittsburgh
  • MA, Honors, Foreign Languages and Cultures, Washington State University
  • BA, English,Honors, University of Costa Rica/Colorado College

Areas of Specialization

Gustavo specializes on narratives of illness, loss and precariousness in Latin American literature, with a special emphasis on the representations of the homosexual body during the HIV/AIDS crisis in Southern Cone and Brazilian literature and performance. Queer theory, affect and aesthetics of decadentism and disease in Spanish American modernismo are also some of his academic interests. As a secondary specialization, he has researched extensively on contemporary Latin American theater.